Shadow of the Bear, a One-of-a-Kind Fall ExperienceThe elusive Shadow of the Bear appears seasonally for just 30 minutes a dayEach fall, the side of Highway 64 near Cashiers in southwestern North Carolina becomes a location for one of the most unique leaf-looking experiences in the country – the Shadow of the Bear.This naturally occurring phenomenon makes an appearance for just 30 minutes on sunny days at 5:30 p.m. mid-October through early November. It starts with a small dark shadow at the bottom of the valley, and grows until it finally evolves into the bear.Make sure to bring your camera to capture this unique sight and spectacular view as the sun sets behind Whiteside Mountain. The mountain, with an elevation of 4,930 feet, boasts sheer rock cliffs that are among the highest in the eastern United States. It provides a splendid setting for viewing leaves throughout autumn, especially during the emergence of the Shadow of the Bear.The best viewing spot for the shadow is right off Highway 64 in a place called Rhodes Big View Overlook. But be careful and watch out for busy highway traffic when parking and leaving the site. The Shadow of the Bear also occurs in late winter from mid-February through early March.By the numbers5:30 p.m.: Time of day the Shadow of the Bear begins to form30 minutes: Amount of time the shadow is visible each day6 weeks: Length of time the Shadow of the Bear appears each year4,930 feet: Height of Whiteside Mountain, where the Shadow of the Bear can be viewedFor more information, visit the websites of the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority or Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce. Also, enjoy this one-minute time-lapse video of the shadow forming.More FROM VISITNC.COMThere’s much to see and do in North Carolina, so read on.10 Lesser Known Autumn Adventures in North CarolinaSoak up North Carolina’s stunning fall color in our overlooked wild places, from the mountains to the Piedmont to the Inner Coastal Plain.10 Beautiful Places to Visit Across North CarolinaThere are countless natural wonders in North Carolina, and you have to look no further than the beauty of our state and national parks, from spring to fall.Take a Tour of One-of-a-Kind Museums and FestivalsThese quirky, one-of-a-kind attractions are often their towns’ claims to fame, which is why you have to see them to believe.